& Dance Costume
16th and 17th Century
18th and 19th Century
|Butterflies, Hellebores and Monograms
Jane was inspired by fabrics from a famous silk company's "Botanical collection" - beautiful dupions, embroidered with delicate flowers and butterflies, designed to coordinate with plain silks. "The Botanical Collection is a fabulous range of floral and fauna embroidered silks inspired by the English country garden".|
We used the flower-embroidered dupion for the corseted bodice, combined with appliquéd butterflies from the co-ordinating silk. (Speedy "embroidery", but horribly fiddly!)
The butterflies, in toning shades of pink through terracotta were applied to the skirt hem, together with the client's initials.|
Mules were covered in the silk (above) and a small silk bag made to match.
Above, the four alternative colourways in the embroidered silk: Buttermilk, Cloud Pink, French Grey and Taupe. (See "Elizabetta" in the 18th Century category for co-ordinating silks in the Cloud Pink).
Butterfly & Hellebore Wedding Gown Copyright © 2008 Theresa Blake. All Rights Reserved. Silks by James Hare